Guest Post: Seeking to Understand the Rise, Fall, and Loss of Young Pastors by Robert Stewart

Bob was born to medical missionary parents in Burundi, Africa.  The father of six, he and his pastoral counselor wife, Shari, share a psychiatric practice in Louisville, KY and have long worked in the support and care of missionaries and pastors both here and abroad. A hundred years from now I’m sure that our descendants … Continue reading Guest Post: Seeking to Understand the Rise, Fall, and Loss of Young Pastors by Robert Stewart

Men, Women, and the Way of the Cross

Some pastors have been asking me to blog a bit on my thoughts re: complementarianism, egalitarianism, male/female roles, why it's become such a polarizing topic, and perhaps even why it's become a new litmus test of fidelity to the Gospel.  I'm hesitant to address such a big subject.  It's so polarizing.  And it's sad to … Continue reading Men, Women, and the Way of the Cross

C.S. Lewis, Bob Newhart, Masturbation, and Those Damned Longings

If I had a nickel for every Christian guy that came to me for counsel about masturbation when I lived back in Orlando, I'd not need this pastoral housing benefit I'll probably be losing pretty soon... We, Christians, are great at pointing out bad behaviors.  We're experts at diagnosis.  But our remedies often stink.  We'll … Continue reading C.S. Lewis, Bob Newhart, Masturbation, and Those Damned Longings

Musculinity, Emasculation, and the Masculine Soul : Part 3 : Royalty

There is much more we could say about the relational aspect of the image of God, but a second and no less important aspect is critical.  In his wonderful work called The Liberating Image, Richard Middleton suggests that royalty is a primary expression of the image.  He sees the image as “the royal function or … Continue reading Musculinity, Emasculation, and the Masculine Soul : Part 3 : Royalty

Musculinity, Emasculation, and the Masculine Soul : Part 2 : Relationship

Picking up from last week's first blog in this series, at least one trajectory among biblical scholars in recent times is to understand the image as primarily relational.  Indeed, it is not the case that men are from Mars and women from Venus, one task-driven and the other relationally-driven.  If the image is bestowed to … Continue reading Musculinity, Emasculation, and the Masculine Soul : Part 2 : Relationship